Category: Tools

Cross-Platform Flowchart Application a la Visio
article #1150, updated 380 days ago

Two immediately appear very attractive:

http://www.yworks.com/products/yed

https://www.calligra.org/flow/

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Image browser/viewer, cross-platform
article #1149, updated 384 days ago

This looked interesting:

https://nomacs.org/

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Convert many sorts of files
article #1140, updated 392 days ago

This one is great:

https://www.zamzar.com

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Windows PE / 10PE / LiveCD / Boot CD / USB for PC Repair and Hardware Testing
article #1013, updated 446 days ago

Many old friends, e.g. Hiren’s and UBCD4Win, are no longer in development, and for a while there was no clear replacement. alternativeTo is covering it now:

alternativeto.net/software/hiren39s-bootcd/

and two are very interesting to this writer, both with mini10:

gbatemp.net/threads/medicat-dvd-a-multiboot-linux-dvd.361577/

dlcboot.com/download.html

For hard drives alone, we have another:

paul.is-a-geek.org/aio-srt/

www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/all_in_one_–_system_rescue_toolkit.html

In the latter (its basis is 64-bit Ubuntu), open Disks, and find the hard drive test suite by clicking the round icon at the upper-right corner; it appears to have the same functionality as SeaTools, without the driver problems of the Seagate downloadables.

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Mozilla Firefox 57 is marvellous
article #1128, updated 461 days ago

Very fast, resource-stingy, extremely reliable and compatible, feature-thorough, and not Googly. Highly recommended. Now JEB’s favorite browser. And it installs 64-bit or 32-bit according to platform, automatically if the install is new. If you’re running an older Firefox on a 64-bit operating system, remove it and install to get all of the upgrade, it’s worth it and then a lot.

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Multiplatform GUI S.M.A.R.T. utility
article #1127, updated 462 days ago

Yahoo!

https://gsmartcontrol.sourceforge.io/home/index.php/Downloads

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JEB's Diagnostic Sites
article #164, updated 491 days ago

Here are web sites for diagnosing DNS, Internet email, and other issues.

http://mxtoolbox.com

A very good place to test Internet email servers and servers in general exposed to the Internet at large.

http://dnsstuff.com

DNSstuff is excellent for diagnosing DNS issues of all kinds.  Most of its tools require a small subscription fee.

http://whatismyipaddress.com/

whatismyipaddress.com is very good for obtaining geographical and ISP information for an IP address.

https://www.testexchangeconnectivity.com/

is very good for testing Exchange WAN services, e.g., smartphone access, Outlook Anywhere.

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Unlock Files Easily
article #236, updated 506 days ago

To unlock files easily, use the “Unlocker Assistant”:

http://www.emptyloop.com/unlocker/

There is a portable version and an installable too. This tool makes it very easy to identify which process is locking a given file, and it can attempt to kill the process, or just undo the lock.

There is also “EMCO Unlock IT” which does extremely well:

https://emcosoftware.com/unlock-it

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Great photo organizer and viewer
article #1095, updated 509 days ago

digiKam

Open source, cross platform, amazingly good. Install it, choose all defaults, then immediately Settings / Configure digiKam, choose Collections on the left, and add each folder containing images. Then the program will search for and cache thumbnails for all of them. Direct camera/phone connection support, and file and folder management too.

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Symbolic Links (symlinks) in Windows
article #371, updated 523 days ago

In Vista or Windows 7, there is a built-in command, “MKLINK”. Here’s a good reference, suggested by Matt Quick:

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/using-symlinks-in-windows-vista/

For a long while they were called “junctions”. In Server 2000, Server 2003, or XP, you’ll need this:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896768

The syntax is a bit different for each. And Windows does not support these “junctions” to directories on remote shares. But this can help a lot, for instance, when moving something like a profile folder from local drive to local drive. They are set up at the NTFS filesystem level, just like Unix/Linux.

A great example of usage, is moving a profile folder. It works like this:

  1. Create a new user, local if it’s not a DC.
  2. Reboot the server/PC, to unlock profile files and folders.
  3. Log in as the new user.
  4. Create a new folder for the profile to be moved.
  5. Robocopy the old profile folder’s contents to the new. Make sure you get everything hidden!
  6. Rename the old folder as backup, and create a junction from the new folder to the old folder’s container.
  7. Log in as the new user and test.

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